ABYSS members convicted of sex assault, sentenced to 10 years

According to sources at the Honolulu Police Department, ABYSS is a hip hop group / gang affiliated with the military.


Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Musicians get 10-year terms for sex assault

Two members of rap music group Abyss that authorities say is involved in prostitution and drug trafficking were convicted yesterday of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in October 1998.

This was a retrial for Marlo Crawley, 31, and Habib Shabazz, 25, accused of participating in what prosecutors characterized as a “gang rape” at a Waikiki hotel room.

Following a jury-waived trial that began Jan. 13, Circuit Judge Sandra Simms found Crawley guilty of second-degree sexual assault and attempted second-degree sexual assault, and immediately sentenced him to 10-year terms to be served at the same time. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation for a firearms offense.

Shabazz was also convicted of second-degree sexual assault and received a 10-year term to be served at the same time as a 10-year term he is already serving for a burglary conviction on the Big Island.

Simms said Crawley was not credible and that his and Shabazz’s version of events were “preposterous.” The defendants had argued that the sex was consensual.

The girl had testified she met the defendants and accompanied them to the hotel room, where they sexually assaulted her with five friends cheering on and passing out condoms.

The two were previously tried and convicted of similar charges in March 2001, but they successfully appealed the conviction on the basis that the prosecutor had prejudiced them by referring to the woman as a “local” girl.

Source: http://archives.starbulletin.com/2003/01/29/news/briefs.html

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